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looking for a resto in the old port...bday dinner


I've been checking up on A LOT of the posts here on chowhound (lurking) and I haven't really found a place that I can set my heart on for my friend's birthday. She's coming up from Ottawa and told me she wanted to eat in the old port. I wanted to keep it within 10/15-20 because not all of us are full time workers haha...

She mentioned once she wanted to go to Garde Manger, but I'm wondering if it's good, and if the prices are reasonable. I've also got Resident on the list but I'm still not set on that.

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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  1. Garde-Manger is good but it's not in your price range. Last time I went, it cost me around $110 (for two) and I had one beer and one glass of wine on my bill.

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    1. re: Foie Gras Lover

      10/15-20 can you elaborate on this ? would 20$ be the max for main only or total.

      1. re: superbossmom

        i would suppose 20 being max before tax

    2. How about Kashmir, Indian food on St. Paul?

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      1. re: C70

        or Mirchi (Indian as well), also in Old Montreal. Very nice atmosphere, great food & service. http://restaurantmirchi.com/

      2. For your price range in Old Montreal, there isn't much. I like steak frites st-paul, mostly because it is BYOW so that cuts down the cost by a lot.

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        1. Maybe to keep from breaking the bank, you guys should eat elsewhere, and then go over for drinks at a nice bar in the old port area? Chinatown is close enough to the port by metro...

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          1. re: TheSnowpea

            yeah, i've thought about that too...but no one wants to go to Chinatown to eat because we're all Asian haha...and the Old Port is known to be expensive but my friend likes it there. I don't want everyone complaining about the price point. I had my joint birthday dinner at Jardin Nelson - if I knew she wanted to go to the Old Port, I would've picked that for her and chosen somewhere else for mine

            1. re: caramielle

              I don't mean to be nitpicky... Oh sod it, I do mean to be nitpicky, but I apologise in advance. I think you mean Old Montreal and not the Old Port. The Old Port of Montreal is a federal park on the waterfront of Old Montreal south of De La Commune. There are no restaurants there save for that Muvbox thing that's only there for the summer. Old Montreal is the old part of the city located between De La Commune and St-Antoine. It's no big thing to make that mistake and everyone here knows what people mean by Old Port, but since a lot of tourists read and search this board, I think we should be as precise as possible for their benefit and ours. Sorry, but this is one of my pet peeves and since I have entirely too much time on my hands, I couldn't help myself.

          2. How about a birthday brunch instead? It's much easier to eat within that price range, and you can walk around and enjoy the Old Montreal/Old Port area afterwards (birthday cupcakes at Les Glaceurs?). Le Resident, Holder, and Le Cartet come to mind as good options.

            1. You could go to Stash's polish restaurant on St. Paul. Price range is about right, food is reliable and hearty and good. It's not fancy shmancy pants by any stretch of the imagination, but it's where you want to be and how much you want to pay.

              1. Resident would definitely fit the bill. Great (awesome) comfort food, super nice staff, lovely decor. I strongly recommend it.

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                1. re: Frenchie

                  The food at Resident is decent and might fit the OP's requirements. However, adjectives like great or awesome might lead to serious disappointment.

                  1. re: eat2much

                    i ate there last week and enjoyed my choice of fish fillet (and substitution of veggies) but otherwise it is comfort food so not sure if what you would want for birthday celebration, although ambiance at night might be attractive. What about holders, you would have to check online menu re price range....

                    there are actually a couple of bistros in the old port itself, cafe eclusiers at western end http://www.cafedeseclusiers.ca/Main.asp I have only gone there during day for drinks but other people were eating(terrace could be too cold now), and the other one Bistro Vu is at other end past clock tower, i have not yet visited that one but here are some pictures of view and food, they say in videoclip meals start at 25$, you can find more info on their websites...bistro vu has their menu online

                  2. re: Frenchie

                    this is specifically for 'Frenchie'. I am looking for some help, having moved into the old port area, on st paul quest. In being respectful to the chowhound etiquette, my query is not about food. But I am lost- hence this desperate measure, how may I contact you Frenchie